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Sysprep (The System Preparation Tool) prepares an installation of Windows for duplication, auditing, and customer delivery.

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Sysprep - ExtendOSPartition - unattend

At the moment I'm running: Sysprep.exe /generalize /oobe /quit /mode:vm /quiet Which works fine. I'm now trying to add /unattend to be able to include configuration for ExtendOSPartition. What I have ...
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Upgrade Windows 10 to 11 with ISO and apply Autounattend.xml

I want to upgrade a bunch of Windows 10 PCs with a customized Windows 11 ISO. Usually I pass some settings using autounattend.xml which I put in the ISOs root directory. So far so good, installing W11 ...
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WinRE not enabled after applying newly generated .WIM file

I am trying to generate an reference image of Windows 10 pro. Everything works fine but the recovery tools are not enabled by default in the OOBE after applying the image despite the recovery tools ...
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How to "sysprep" a Linux VM from inside that VM?

I need to prepare a Linux VM to create a template hosted on a VMware ESXi. So far I found this german virt-sysprep procedure that syspreps the Linux VM but from outside the VM. It says I need a Linux ...
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Enable Win+X menu afer moving UserProfiles

After I've moved the C:\Users directory with this response file: <?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?> <unattend xmlns="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:unattend"> ...
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Forgot to add a user to local user accounts before running Sysprep-generelize with Unattend XML file on Win10 pro machine [duplicate]

I forgot to add a user to the local user accounts before running Sysprep-generelize with Unattended XML file on Win10 pro machine an I'm locked out The Admin user became unavailable and there are no ...
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Windows 11 stores powershell history after sysprep with copyprofile true

I've syspreped a Windows 10 computer using this command: sysprep /oobe /generalize /shutdown /unattend:myfile.xml My unattend file has the parameter: <CopyProfile>true</CopyProfile> After ...
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Cannot boot after Sysprep with generalize & reboot/shutdown selected

I've gotten through some roadblocks with a good amount of help, & now I can execute Sysprep with generalize & shutdown/reboot: Sysprep needing to validate Windows when selecting generalize. ...
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Sysprep needing to validate Windows when selecting generalize

I've been trying to create a WIM of my modified Windows 11 install. To that end, I've been attempting to have Sysprep clean Win 11 using the "generalize" option. Yet, in Sysprep, every time ...
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Sysprep's generalize option cleaning the windows installation too far

I'm trying to build a lean & clean Windows 11 WIM. Here's my approach so far: I would go to Audit Mode by selecting Audit Mode & reboot at C:\Windows\system32\Sysprep\Sysprep.exe. After reboot,...
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Can I deploy a VHDX image on a physical machine?

It's been sysprep'd. I want to deploy it on physical machines. I haven't been able to do it so far. What I tried to do is simply copy the VHDX (I was using Hyper-V VM) (after shutting down the VM ...
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Assign a specific machine SID to a new Windows installation using Sysprep

I want to script-build a development system from fresh Windows installation media as if it were a Linux container. In this case I need every Windows system I build to share the same machine SID. ...
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How to prevent or workaround Sysprep destroying certificate's private key

I have a Windows 10 image which contains a Certificate to be used by the main application. However, after I run a sysprep /generalize on the image, the Certificate's private key appears to be ...
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Sysprep removes all SQL users

I have two instances running on SQL Server (2017) - SQLEXPRESS and MYINSTANCE I've added a few users to MYINSTANCE However when I run Sysprep on the device, it deletes all but sa and Builtin\Users. It ...
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Sysprep Not Working After Updating the windows?

am facing the problem from sysprep,issue is after i update windows version 1909 to version 202h sysprep showing error (Sysprep was not able to validate your Windows installation), in version 1909 ...
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Why is Windows 10 Sysprep removing some programs?

I’ve made a Sysprepped Windows 10 (20H2) but there is a problem with some installed software being removed. I’ve installed KMPlayer (video and audio player) and Movavi Photo Editor (light weight photo ...
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Make sure you typed the name correctly. and then try again. After using unattend.xml on when sysprep

After using unattend.xml on when Sysprep I'm using VMware workstation to create Windows 8.1 Pro image (install.wim) and using untattend.xml to copy profile settings to all new users. I make ...
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Windows 10 Startup Fails After SysPrep

I've been battling with this issue for a week now. I'm hoping someone can help. Here is the backstory: Starting with a base Windows 10 image at build 1703, I updated to Windows 10 20H2. Everything ...
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WIM file compression

I build a custom windows 10 installer via sysprep (windows 10 pro Build 20H2). The windows created WIM-file is too large to my liking, over 9gb (want it to fit on a 8gb drive). Therefor I was trying ...
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Windows 10: clone drive with relocated userprofile

I've been asked to clone an existing HDD (for replacement) on a Windows 10 (1909) PC. My concern isn't the cloning process specifically; this PC has had sysprep/OOBE run to move all %USERPROFILE% to D:...
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What is the safest way to run sysprep and Remove-AppxPackage on Windows 10 so that it does not affect essential apps?

I am making a windows 10 May 2020 image of a PC with sysprep. But it stops with an error. To fix it I run the following PowerShell commands: Import-Module appx Import-Module dism Get-AppxPackage | ...
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Will using Sysprep before a drastic hardware upgrade prevent system instability?

I am thinking of upgrading my CPU and Motherboard but am not interested in reinstalling my Windows 10 operating system. I know it is possible to keep my installed OS running, but I have read ...
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Toshiba portege R830 fan always running even on idle

I'm trying to install a software which I had from image backup which I was using for the past few years without a problem even on dissimilar hardware (loading appropriate driver...) Until I recovered ...
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Sysprep changing default language

I have a Windows 10 Enterprise system with these installed languages: English (United Kingdom) & Japanese (Japan) Now I run Sysprep on the machine, and for some reason, English (United States) is ...
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What is an SID and what happens if I remove it through sysprep?

Let me start from the beginning: So, this morning, I started my computer and my keyboard and mouse wouldn't respond. No big deal right? I'll just unplug and replug them in. No dice. I have since ...
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Is it possible to generate an answer file for the current installation of Windows 10 (Enterprise)?

I've already installed Windows, installed all the required applications and device drivers, set all my required settings, etc. I want to create an answer file that reflects all of the current ...
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Windows 10: how to obtain, in another way, same results of Sysprep when it doesn't want to work

In my job, it often happens that I have to replicate a Windows 10 Pro installation, with certain softwares and certain configurations on it, on other computers. Now, usually I use Sysprep for ...
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Trying to Make My Own Windows 10 De-bloat Script

I'm trying to make my own de-bloat script that will remove both provisioned and user apps from Windows 10. I've made a list of the provisioned apps using this command Get-AppXProvisionedPackage -...
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Windows could not parse or process unattended answer file [unattended.xml] The specified file does not exist

When you run SysPrep you get the error. Windows could not parse or process unattended answer file [unattended.xml] The specified file does not exist
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Remote wiping a managed computer

I'm an MSP with a client across the country who is selling one of their branches. The computers they have (some Windows 7 and some Windows 10) are also being acquired. The computers are on a domain ...
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Is it possible to sysprep a wim file after it is captured?

I know what I am supposed to do: Run sysprep and then capture the image. I know that you can do a lot of offline work on a WIM file using DISM. I know you can mount, edit, and unmount a WIM. Is ...
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Sysprep ping and keeping all settings the same

I am creating a VM image which will be deployed to hundreds of hyper-v-hypervisors across the country on different locations/stores. I already customized the VM as I want it to be including ...
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Sysprep was not able to validate your Windows installation (Win10 x64 1809)

Sysprep from Win10 x64 ver 1809 fails with an error message, and after checking 16 suggestions, I ask for assistance. Sysprep was not able to validate your Windows installation https://drive....
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Old user still there in OOBE after sysprep and deleting it

I want to sysprep a computer before giving it as a gift. I want this since I want it to keep all the drivers already installed and everything. However, if I sysprep it using Administrator account and ...
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If motherboard is completely broken, can we just `sysprep` on new machine? If plausible, how?

When we move, sysprep is what we turn for. However, if we can't do that beforehand, what to do to make the old installation work on new machine?
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Windows Server 2016 Sysprep AFTER applying image

I have this 900GB Macrium Reflect backup image that i forgot to do a Sysprep on before backing the image up and therefore i am unable to boot into windows without it giving me a BSOD no matter if i ...
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Sysprepping an offline Windows 10 system?

I'm trying to sysprep a Windows 10 machine that has no access to the internet (and cannot be connected to the internet). This seems like it would be an easy task but so far it's been an exercise in ...
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sysprep Windows 7 not generating a random name

I am attempting to deploy a number of Win 7 instances (a mix of both 32- and 64-bit) all using Win 7 Enterprise. I'm using the Windows AIK to generate an unattend file. I followed the guide here for ...
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Sysprep was not able to validate Windows Installation

I have been trying to capture an image of a Windows 10 Pro x64. I get the error message Sysprep was not able to validate Windows Installation and a report with errors as pasted below. I have about 20 ...
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sysprep error on windows 10: cannot generalize install because Holograms_1.0.0.0_neutral_ cannot be removed but doesn't exist

I'm running windows 10 Professional, V 1703, build 15063.483. This is not a virtual machine. I'm attempting to run sysprep.exe to prepare this OS for transplantation into a new chassis. As shown ...
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How to create a custom windows 7 USB image?

I'm working as IT support engineer ,I'm really tired of installing Win 7 on different laptops from different brand ,I have to find the drivers for each model ...what I want to do is create a custom ...
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Sysprep Win10 - Custom profile pic and modifying Default Profile taskbar icons

I'm looking at the unattend.xml file provided by my supervisor and am trying to find a place to put in a file path to a custom profile picture for a specific user (NOT the Default Profile). I couldn't ...
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Can SYSPrep be used to repair user accounts in Windows 10?

There seems to be some problems with my user and system accounts and rights in WIn10, which seem to affect various operations. I found this article that recommends to use SYSPrep to repair: https://...
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Bypassing user account setup in windows 7

Edit: Solved! I made a fresh drive clone, ran sysprep /audit /generalize /shutdown, swapped to the target system, booting into windows 10 and used regedit to load the win7 software hive, set registry ...
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Sysprep causing dual boot with different languages to become one

I'm an ICT coordinator in a secondary school where students can choose to be educated in either Dutch (native language) or English. Therefore I need to install W10 twice (dual boot): once in English, ...
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Win10: "Factory Reset", OOBE & SysPrep with backup/required files?

How do I create an image of a new Windows 10 install, with drivers and custom software, to donate/sell with a nice OOBE? Alternatively: "Factory Resets" should be done from a local disk image of ...
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Can Sysprep be used to generalize a clone (as opposed to the master)?

My company has 200 PCs that were cloned from one master PC without using Sysprep. (We didn't know we should use Sysprep at the time we cloned them.) We have experienced occasional "domain trust ...
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Create Windows 7 Image with Drivers and Updates Installed Without Going Over the Network

I was wondering if there was a way to create a Windows 7 image with updates and additional drivers (all Dell PCs) installed so it works on multiple computers? I want to be able to do all of this ...
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How do I create a simple unattend.xml so that the image does not ask for a new user?

I'm using one virtual machine and clonezilla to create some testing images to learn a little about deployment in different machine setups. I already managed to create some images for windows 8.1 and ...
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Error with sysprep in Windows 10

I have a recurring problem using Sysprep on our Windows 10 machines. I use Sysprep with an answer file. When I send our windows image on machines with almost the same hardware, everything works ...
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